Samsung launches Galaxy Note tablet

Samsung has moved its stylus-based computing to a 10.1-inch form factor

By , IDG News Service |  Consumerization of IT, Android, Samsung Galaxy Note

This device can also help ease content creation by offering what Travis Merrill, director of United States Galaxy marketing, called true multitasking. Other tablets multitask only in that they allow users to "toggle" between different apps, an approach Merrill called "single tasking." "You are really only doing one thing at once," with such tablets, Merrill said. The Note 10.1 is unique in that its screen can display two applications at once, allowing the user to cut and paste material between the apps.

Such multitasking could be used to execute many tasks that would be prohibitive using non stylus based devices, suggested Samsung vice president and head of global marketing Younghee Lee, who also spoke during the launch presentation. For instance, a user can take notes while reading a book. Or, a user can look up some information while watching a movie. Or one could copy an address from an online magazine onto the notepad. Or a user could draw a picture based on some image being displayed on the screen.

The tablet also comes with universal television remote software and it even offers recommendations based on previous TV viewing habits.

Although named after the company's large S-Pen-based smartphone, Galaxy Note, the Samsung Note 10.1 has twice the screen size of the first Galaxy Note. Unlike the Galaxy Note, however, the Galaxy Note 10.1 does not have phone capabilities.

The tablet has a 10.1 inch (25.6 centimeter) screen, runs on a quad-core Samsung 1.4Ghz processor and has 2GB of RAM. The units will feature either 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. The Note runs the Ice Cream edition of Android, but will be upgraded to Jelly Bean in the near future.

More specifications: The WXGA LCD display is 1280 x 800 and can play 1080p high definition video. It includes a 5 megapixel auto-focus camera on the back and a 1.9 megapixel camera on the front. The device weighs 1.31 lbs (453 grams). It connects to the Internet through WiFi direct or WiFi channel bonding, and also has Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. Samsung claims this device's battery life can support up to around 9 hours of use.

The Note 10.1 has a suggested retail price of $499 for the 16GB model and $549 for the 32GB Model

Samsung sells the most Android-based smartphones, with 64% market share among all Android phone suppliers, Gartner recently said. During her presentation, Lee noted that Samsung has sold over 10 million Galaxy Note devices.

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